Monday, 4 March 2019

#1 - The New Beginning

6th June 2016, reporting to new work was extremely uneasy. There was irregular restructuring in the company and she is currently replacing a precedent that did terribly at work, Forest Mulatto was anxious and nervous.

10 minutes at the new workplace, Forest's hiring manager Hugh asked to guess who is the person wearing an wrinkled light blue shirt with a wrinkled pants, waiting with her at the reception.

"My new manager?", Forest said it with a wide smile.

"Yes you guessed it right. He is your new manager, Brown and this is my last month here.", said Hugh.

"O-M-G!? Seriously? I was joking, tell me you are joking too!" Forest's smile instantly turned into frown.

"I am sorry I have to only inform you today, I didn't want you to be freaked out so I chose to inform you now. I actually decided to resign 1 week ago, I just couldn't take the toll on my health anymore. I have been having terrible knee ache after working here. The consultants are driving me crazy, I didn't inform you earlier because I know you will do well here.", Hugh explains his reasons of leaving.

"Alright so what do I do now?", asked Forest.

"First, lets understand how the organization structure works. We were acquired by an investment firm some time ago, the firm's consultants have their expectations and whatever our decision is, it is never good enough so be ready to live with it. There is one particular consultant which is the main reason I am leaving - Fox Lee. You need to be extremely careful with him or you will get into 'political' trouble." Hugh said it with frowning eyebrows and tearful eyes.

"Fox Lee, alright I will remember that. Can you tell me what I should get myself started with?", Forest anxiously asked while reminding herself to be mindful of Fox Lee.

"We need reports to be ready for a monthly review meeting and you need to get started now.", urged Hugh. "I will start my job transition with Brown and I shall keep you in the loop."

1 hour later, Fox Lee called for a meeting that clashed with the induction training for Forest and Brown, it was within expectation that this will happen because Hugh have warned Forest on such occasions and that she will need to find time to pass her induction training while not fully attend the training.

Fox Lee in his early thirties, looked rather handsome with black hair, light dark circles, wearing light blue body fit shirt that showed his lean muscles, wearing black nicely ironed pants and black leather shoes and matching belt.

'So this is the person whom I need to be mindful of.' Forest repeatedly reminded herself in the meeting.

Fox Lee started sketching on the white board sharing on the expectations not met, reports to be prepared, processes to be prepared and Brown seems to know it all. Forest started to look forward working with Brown.. and Fox Lee.

1 week later, Forest was ready with her first report. Since she is now required to report to 4 bosses, Hugh, Brown, Brown's boss Star and Fox Lee, she sent her report to all of them and Fox Lee responded to the email, "I don't think this is how it should be done, It is not wrong but it can be better. Let's meet to discuss further." It was replied to only Forest.

"Hugh, he only replied to me!" Forest worriedly asked Hugh because Brown was nowhere to be seen.

"Go and see him yourself and let me know what he have to say." Hugh directed.

Forest's first personal meet up with Fox Lee is about to happen and she is determined to not let him put her out of job like what he did to Hugh.


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